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  1. With a young adult child (or any child from tween up actually), I would definitely move away from that daily list of "do all these things". I agree with those who say that you should all 3 sit down together and discuss what is reasonable chores for each person, and also discuss due dates, standards and what would be a good way to remind if a chore (or errand/bill pay) isn't happening, including discussion of all pulling together as a family and the consequences to each of you if anyone is not doing their share (more work, messy house, whatever it is that bothers each person), with the end r
  2. Just finished "A Memory of Empire" which was very good, It also won the Hugo Award for Best Novel (which is not always a recommendation for my personal reading tastes 😄 ) Read The Great Gatsby last year with older DD for my first time -- must admit I was not all that impressed. Yet another depressing classic. And read Night with older DD when she was in middle school for a class she took -- I also had little idea what it was going to be about and it is NOT a book I would have picked for middle schoolers. Then she had to read it again last year in High School (although she likes
  3. I have The Angel of the Crows on hold at the library, hopefully will get in the next few weeks 🙂
  4. Melusine by Sarah Monette -- This book was nothing like the Goblin Emperor (by this author under the name Katherine Addison and which I loved) unfortunately-- much darker, with multiple scenes that could trigger, and one of the 2 main characters was a selfish jerk with no improvement from his travails. It did have flashes of good story mixed in, but overall it really rambled and appeared to be several stories mashed together with no clear point. And sadly, this book does not actually finish the story either, but stops at a halfway point (at least not a cliff hanger halfway point). My onl
  5. I agree with Matryoshka, the books on this link that I've read were nothing like The Goblin Emperor However I did not realize that Katherine Addison was a pen name -- looking at her books as Sarah Monette, I have read A Companion to Wolves (written with Elizabeth Bear), and The Tempering of Men and enjoyed them (although they are not like The Goblin Emperor either), but I hadn't heard of any of the others. My library only has Mélusine so I guess I'll be trying that first 🙂 And I have put A Memory Called Empire on hold based on that recommendation 💛 Also wanted to quote a differe
  6. One thing I thought of when reading Violet Crown's concerns about books disappearing was -- when I was a teen/young adult (1970's), lots of books disappeared because there were very few places to buy books. Many books I read could only be found through the library system (and I know they had their own limitations on what could be kept). Amazon, for all its faults, opened up a world of books to the average buyer that were no longer published and unfindable before (well, I'm sure serious collectors had their ways -- but to the general public I mean). I know I personally went crazy buying
  7. What I found is that reading boring parts to myself is FAR different than reading them aloud. I skim-read all the boring parts -- and only realized this when I tried to read certain books aloud to my kids -and we're talking books I'd read many, many times to myself and loved! (Swallows and Amazons, I'm looking at you).
  8. Ok, so am I the only one who thinks the beginning of the Lord of the Rings is BORING! I have reread this many, many times -- yearly for a long time, although lately it is more like every few years -- i didn't think much about it until now but normally I skip a great deal of the beginning. I like all the friendship parts, but I usually skip a lot of the party and then the forest, and Tom Bombadil, and barrowdowns.... Well, I guess I'll continue to trudge through it, desperately waiting until they finally get to Bree (not sure why but that is where I normally stop skipping so much). Read
  9. Dealing with Dragons and the rest of the Enchanted Forest Series by Patricia Wrede. Reading Dealing with Dragons now with DD the younger because it is not a book she would have picked up herself-- she's laughing out loud as we read each day. Read it with DD the older because I loved it when I read it (as an adult) and DD the older loved the whole series. And they are VERY different in their book tastes.
  10. Looking forward to the Lord of the Rings discussion -- plus it will fit right in my reading year which so far is mostly re-reads. Recent ones include the MurderBot books which were just as enjoyable the 2nd time. And recently listened to for the first time (although I've read them many times) 2 of the Chalion series by Lois McMaster Bujold, and then I reread her 1st 3 Penric books since they came out in book form all together.
  11. Blown away by those numbers I went looking at my states schools. In the big city the high schools are around 3k kids, in my mid-size city, they are around 1.5k, even in what I think of as small towns (<5k) they are still pretty big at around 400 kids -- but then I found these little tiny towns in the middle of nowhere with <1k people and ~16 kids in HS. I don't doubt a tiny HS probably doesn't offer too much in the way of foreign language -- because how could they? OTOH ~30k town I grew up in has stayed same size and ~same # of students and gone from offering 2 language
  12. You guys are cracking me up with the melting pot references -- the indoctrination of US children apparently spread to world citizens too!
  13. I've loved LOTR since my early teens but never much cared for The Hobbit. Although I usually reread LOTR every few years, I have never included The Hobbit in that reread -- but I did finally reread The Hobbit before the movies came out -- it was amazing how I had forgotten a whole section of the book (everything after Bilbo meets the dragon basically). Not sure I'm up to reading it again right now but hopefully will jump in once y'all get to LOTR. Most of the books I'm reading right now are "new year" type books: Skim re-read Atomic Habits and just started Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, and li
  14. Favorite childhood books -- as an avid re-reader I don't think most of my favorites at the time survived adolescence and so were lost in the Pit of Lost Memories. I do have a number of books that managed to make it through re-reading as adolescent and adult-- tops are probably: The Secret Garden and Swallows and Amazons (I must admit this 2nd one did not survive a "read aloud" to my kids-- it is much more enjoyable when I can skim over all the many sailing descriptions)
  15. Robin, Meant to tell you this in my last post and forgot.... I must admit I downloaded the bingo sheets for myself and older DD last year and then, well.... forgot all about it …. until today when older DD (who let me remind you is dyslexic) and I had a whole long conversation about how she didn't enjoy reading because it was too much work... at the end of which she tacks on "by the way, where did you put my book bingo for 2020?" 2 Bingo sheets are now downloaded and printed 😄
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